This has been an awesome experience, growing these red oak acorns with my students. We put them in the fridge at my school for about three months, and we took them out of the fridge just after Christmas and put them in a sunny window. Watching them explode was a really hopeful, beautiful experience for my students given what they’ve been experiencing with the pandemic. Just to have new life in our classroom was great.
I want to thank you guys so much for your help with answering my questions, because once they started to germinate, as so many did, over 100, we started to feel really responsible for them. You were able to help us understand how to keep them alive, and as you can see from the photos they are still doing great! The first photo with my students in it is of them doing the sink or swim test on the acorns, and we were happy to find that many of them sank. We now have so many that we will be planting some in the yard of our school to add to a treed space that we already have called the Habitat and we will be giving some away to people who come to help us at our school as thank you gifts.
The students are going to be making an information sheet for their families on the importance of oaks. I’ve been reading Doug Tallamy, so I know that oaks are really special species. Red oak is a special species of tree that is not only native but it supports a vast number of other species, insects, and therefore birds. It’s really important to me as a teacher to make sure that students understand that. Once again, thank you so much, because the answers that you were able to provide for us helped us to make this a success so far.
- Sheila Potter, Teacher